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Former New Orleans City Councilwoman Renee Gill Pratt has lost a bid for a new trial.

The New Orleans Advocate is reporting that federal judge Ivan Lemelle ruled Wednesday that jurors were not "tainted in any way" by a former federal prosecutor who posted online inflammatory comments about the proceedings.

She was convicted in 2011 of racketeering.

Gill Pratt's attorney says he will appeal the decision.

The ruling paves the way for Gill Pratt to begin serving a federal prison sentence she has managed to put off for several years.

Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office

A New Orleans Police officer has been placed on emergency suspension after attempting to strike a man with her vehicle, the department announced today in a press release.

33-year-old Stephanie Caldwell was arrested Sunday after a verbal and physical altercation with a 47-year-old man in the 1700-block of North Broad Street at approximately 3:30 a.m. Sunday morning. Police say Caldwell attempted to strike the man with her vehicle, and when the man ran westbound on North Broad she pursued him, driving against traffic on North Broad and Onzaga streets.

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On a per-capita basis, Louisiana leads the nation in the number of people behind bars. A diverse group of business and religious leaders have come together to support laws that could lower the state’s incarceration rates.

In this latest installment of the continuing WWNO and WYES series on criminal justice reform, Marcia Kavanaugh looks into how the Louisiana Smart on Crime initiative fared in this past legislative session.

A suburban New Orleans man wanted in death of a woman found bludgeoned to death in her bathtub has been arrested in Texas and the three children he disappeared with have been found.

Jefferson Parish sheriff's deputies say in a news release 43-year-old Pedro Alberto Monterroso-Navas, of Metairie, was arrested in a trailer park in Katy, Texas, late Sunday night. He faces a second-degree murder charge.

Col. John Fortunato, a sheriff's office spokesman, says his three children who were with him at the time of his arrest are safe.

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New Orleans has turned a major corner with the sentencing of former Mayor Ray Nagin. One political observer says the story speaks to the city’s battle against corruption.

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Former two-term New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for corruption. The jail time is half of what prosecutors wanted.

Updated at 11:20 a.m. ET

Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison for bribery, money laundering and other crimes.

He was convicted Feb. 12 of accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes and kickbacks. The indictment included 21 counts.

Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin is set to be sentenced Wednesday morning for corruption. the man who gained national attention after Hurricane Katrina nine years ago is now looking at a possible 20-year sentence. Prosecutors want the maximum allowed under federal guidelines.

Some red states like Louisiana and Texas have emerged as leaders in a new movement: to divert offenders from prisons and into drug treatment, work release and other incarceration alternatives.

By most counts, Louisiana has the highest incarceration rate in the country. In recent years, sentencing reformers in the capital, Baton Rouge, have loosened some mandatory minimum sentences and have made parole slightly easier for offenders to get.

But as reformers in Louisiana push for change, they're also running into stiffening resistance — especially from local prosecutors.

WYES

WYES continues its ongoing initiative exploring progress rebuilding a safer, stronger, smarter city post-Katrina.

The WWNO/ WYES series on Orleans Criminal Justice System reform takes an in-depth look into the NOPD and Orleans Parish Jail federal consent decrees in this report by WYES Community Projects Producer, Marcia Kavanaugh.

The one hour video was produced by Paula Pendarvis, narrated by WYES Community Projects Producer Marcia Kavanaugh, with editing and creative direction by WYES producer Tom Gregory.

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